State lawmakers on Tuesday night voted to allow the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to implement a Sakonnet River Bridge toll of no more than 10 cents until April while it considers an alternative funding plan over the next several months.
The bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, D-Cranston, would implement the toll on Aug. 19. The 10-cent cap would apply to both in-state and out-of-state vehicles. The East Bay bridge connects Tiverton and Portsmouth along state Route 24, near the Massachusetts border. The bridge is popular with out-of-state drivers headed for Newport.